Note: The Lincoln, Nebraska band’s name is pronounced “Double U, Double V, Double W, Z.” This is their debut album.
Sound: A spastic, arty hybrid of hypnotic, floating indie rock, jittery, choppy punk, chunky, hard-driving metal and lounge-like, seedy jazz. Frontwoman Teal Gardner leads the way with a mix of frenetic yelps, convulsions and howls, plus atmospheric chants and sultry croons.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Jap Dad”; “Shark Suit”; “Green Starred Sleeve”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Neolaño”; “Berry Can”; “Hum Jam”
Recommended: At times UUVVWWZ show they’re a viable new force that should be mentioned in the same breath as highly respected, female-fronted bands like X-Ray Spex, Sleater-Kinney and Deerhoof. But their sound is also occasionally reminiscent of one of the most innovative male-fronted bands of the last decade, System of a Down. UUVVWWZ is an invigorating debut album.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2009 Candidate)